Get your drama hats on guys! TvN has just released a fantasy tale starring some of your most beloved Korean stars. The drama is none other than ‘The Tale of a Gumiho’ (2020).

Gumiho poster
The Tale of a Gumiho (2020)

The main casts of this drama are Lee Dong-wook, Jo Bo-ah, and Kim Bum. Lee Dong-wook is a popular actor in South Korea who has secured a huge fandom overseas due to the “Goblin boom” in 2016. Fans cheered for his unique sense of humor and handsome looks in the drama ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (도깨비)’ and are excited to see what he’s about to show us in this impending drama. Dong-wook has become an emblem of odd, fantasy characters like the reaper in the Goblin and in this drama, Gumiho – a creature from the old Korean folk tales.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the backdrop of ‘Gumiho,’ here are a few pointers that are useful to know:

#1 The Nine-Tailed Fox

Gumiho is an imaginary character that is believed to have magical powers. Legend has it that Gumiho is a fox that possesses nine tails, has lived for over a thousand-years eating human liver. Some say that it is a spirit of a fox with supernatural powers. 

#2 A Female Fox

In the original Korean folk tale, Gumiho is actually a woman. Therefore, it is quite strange that this role is being carried out by Lee Dong-wook.

#3 Dreadful Monster, or just a fox that wants to become human?

In Korean legend, Gumiho is portrayed as an intimidating character that turns into a woman that captures and eats a human’s liver. However, there’s also the side of the Gumiho that draws on the humane feelings of sorrow and longing. If a Gumiho marries a human and stays undetected for 100 days, it can become a human. However, most humans leave Gumiho when they realize its true identity as a fox. 

Now that you’ve got some background story, let’s look at this scene from  Gumiho!

From this scene, let’s learn the Korean words related to time and year:

▪️시간 = time, hour (1시간 = 1 hour)

▪️년 = year (1년 = 1 year)

Now try reading the main sentence that appeared in this video:

▪️24시간이 아니라, 24년도 앉아있을 수 있어.

▪️I can sit here for not just 24 hours, but 24 years.

Finally, let’s use these words in a sentence!

▪️서울까지 3시간 걸렸어요. It took me 3 hours to get to Seoul.

▪️한국 간지 5년 넘었어요. It’s been over 5 years since I’ve gone to Korea.


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